Grab the family and make plans for these 2023/2024 eclipse events in Texas! And don’t forget viewing glasses!
Two amazing eclipse-viewing opportunities will be here in Texas. An annular eclipse on October 14, 2023, and a total eclipse on April 8, 2024. This will be the last time any solar eclipse will be visible within the United States until 2045. So what are you waiting for? The time to prepare for these Eclipse Events In Texas is now!
It’s happening, and cities in Texas are preparing events for the eclipse viewing. And Texas Travel Talk has the current information on the best viewing places to see it. Find Eclipse events in Texas here and prepare for a party!
You might have seen a lot of articles and discussions online about the total solar eclipse that will cross America next year. Texas Travel Talk is on the move, and finding the events in Texas (mostly in Central Texas) for you to make plans now to one of the events. We even sell Eclipse glasses as an affiliate. See below.
Note: This article will be updated as new information comes in.
Eclipse Events In Texas Facts And Tips
We may not know all about the science of the eclipse, but we are here to report where the events and parties are in Texas.
The Texas Hill Country in Central Texas will be one of the prime locations to see the total eclipse because so many small towns encompassing the hill country are considered dark sky communities, and the fact that the eclipse is going right over the area.
Central Texas is expected to draw tourists worldwide as this phenomenon will not be fully visible again in this region for another 360 years.
Totality will begin in Texas at 1:27 pm CDT and end in Maine at 3:35 pm EDT on April 8, 2024.
Be prepared if you are traveling then because travelers will stop anywhere to see the eclipse pass through. With everything I have read so far, Central Texas will be a madhouse, so prepare.
I might not know all the language associated with the great North American eclipse, but I do know who’s celebrating this lifetime event in Central Texas (and San Antonio). Let’s hope for clear skies and cooperative weather.
If you’re a tent camping, you’re in luck. Finding a place to pitch a tent rather than finding a hotel room or RV park will be easier. Just know the prices will go up. That’s what I was told, and I believe it.
Eclipse Events In Texas
Check out all the special events that will happen in counties of the hill country and book your stay now. When I was told about the total eclipse for 2024 (in 2022), people were already gearing up for this day and had secured their spots. If you have no interest in the eclipse, you may want to visit the scenic hill country some other time because this area will be packed with people wanting to see the eclipse.
And if you don’t live in or around the hill country and can’t view the total eclipse from your own backyard, make plans now to find the ideal location for you and your family to see it.
Also, there is a free solar eclipse timer app to download, but watching the timed eclipse will cost you a one-time charge of $1.99. Be sure to look that up.
2023 Annular Eclipse Events In Texas – Oct. 14, 2023
On Oct. 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North and South America.
“An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller and does not block the entire face of the Sun. As a result, the Moon appears like a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk. This creates what looks like a ring around the Moon, leading some to call it a “ring of fire” eclipse.”
• Hill Country Arts Foundation – Ingram, TX
The annular solar eclipse will pass right over Stonehenge II (one of the most visited sites in the Texas Hill Country) on October 14, 2023. The Hill Country Arts Foundation plans to have several food trucks onsite, a beer tent, and hygiene stations. The New Buddy Holly Band will play afterward in their outdoor theatre.
Admission: Walk-up fee $5. The car parking fee is $20. Read up on the site about reserving RV sites—live music tickets – TBA.
Also, Stonehenge II is planning an event when a total solar eclipse on April 8th will pass over. They are prepping their plans, so check back soon.
• Abilene State Park – Annular Eclipse Viewing
October 14th – 10 am – 12 pm.
85% of the sun will be blocked from this location!
Entrance to the park will be free, and there will be solar glasses for sale, or you can buy them now here.
Annular Eclipse UTOPiAfest 2023 – Utopia, TX
October 13-14, 2023,
Utopiafest 2023 will be at Four Sisters Ranch.
Family-friendly – BYOB – Two Main Stages. Free Tent Camping and Parking – Hiking – Mountain Biking -Vendors – Workshops – Yoga – Disc Golf—Pre-party on the 12th. WOW!
Tickets: So many different prices and packages – see website.
2024 Solar Eclipse Events In Texas – April 8, 2024
It’s time to start planning for the 2024 total solar eclipse! The event will draw thousands of tourists to Central Texas, so be sure you are ready.
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will happen. It’s when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking some or all of the sun to the earth’s surface. A total eclipse is when the moon completely blocks the sun and casts a shadow over the Earth. This is a lifetime opportunity as it will not happen again for 360 years.
Everyone is preparing to find the best viewing spots for the path of the eclipse. Is that you? This rare occurrence will bring people from all walks of life to the area of the path.
The 2024 eclipse path of totality will enter the United States and Texas at the southeasternmost tip of the Hill Country and make its way northeast, eventually departing up in the Piney Woods region of the state.
City of Waco
Waco’s preparations have already started, as it’s supposed to draw the crowds to Central Texas. The city expects thousands to visit on and around April 8, 2024, as Texas is a prime destination for totality. Waco is expected to see approximately 4 minutes and 13 seconds of totality.
Its official public event eclipse watch party – Eclipse Over Texas, will take place on the grounds of McLane Stadium and Touchdown Alley on Monday, April 8, 2024, 10 am – 4 pm. You’ll get a glimpse of totality as darkness descends upon Baylor University.
Admission: $10 for children 5-17 yrs, $20 for adults, VIP -$75 (includes viewing glasses). More tickets and parking costs on site.
City of Killeen
Killeen will be directly in the path of totality on April 8, 2024. It will start at 1:36 and will last 4 minutes and 16 seconds. Several Killeen businesses plan to have events and more will be scheduled later in the summer. For now, if you’re close to this town, start planning!
Texclipse Music Festival – April 6-8, 2024
Austin Eclipse 2024
Depending on where you are in Austin will determine how long you’ll be able to see the total eclipse. According to National Eclipse, totality will be seen within most of Austin’s city limits. Also, according to the National Eclipse site, the partial eclipse will start at 12:17 pm. If you’re at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, you’ll be able to see the total eclipse at 1:35 pm, and it will last 1:56 minutes.
Celebrations in downtown Austin have not been cited, but I’ll check back soon and list them here.
There will be many events in the Beautiful Lake District north of Austin.
Hyatt Regency Austin will be a great place to stay.
2024 Solar Eclipse Festival – Fredericksburg, Texas, April 5th, 12 pm – April 8, 2024, 4 pm at Grapetown Vineyard.
While Dripping Springs officials are still in the planning stages for the 2024 eclipse, they’re planning to make the experience as special as possible for visitors. Though the totality will only be in DS for four minutes, plans are being made now for a 3-day event.
Dripping Springs is already a huge tourism destination because of Hill Country, so this small town will be packed in April 2024.
NOTE: I read that the total eclipse will not pass over New Braunfels.
Johnson City is in the path of totality, and the moon will completely block out the sun for 4 minutes beginning at 1:35 p.m. Look for events in this special Texas Hill Country town.
Hye Meadow Winery
April 8, 2024, 12-4 pm
Includes music, food, and solar glasses
Kudos to the owner of Pilar Bluff Winery in Lampasasa for telling me all about what will happen on April 8, 2024. I had no idea.
While visiting the winery in late 2022, the owner (sorry, I forgot his name) told us about the 2024 eclipse coming through his town. And while I was there to drink wine on the passport I had, I was intrigued by what he was telling me.
Like other small towns in the hill country, Marble Falls is gearing up for the total eclipse of 2024.
Horseshoe Bay Resort will be a great place to stay during the event. It might be a little pricy, but I assure you, it will be memorable.
Burnet County will be the epicenter of one of the biggest astronomical events in decades when a total eclipse of the sun occurs at about 1:30 pm. Monday, April 8, 2024. Burnet is planning a huge event surrounding the total eclipse.
Inks Lake State Park in Burnet will be crowded with spectators.
Rio Grande River
The centerline of the eclipse will cross the Rio Grande River at the Mexico-U.S. border at approximately 12:10 pm.
The Robinson Family Farm – Temple, TX
more info coming soon.
***Grab some protective glasses for the gang and make it a long weekend in the heart of Texas. Find a good camping spot or RV park, and get ready if you’re camping out.
Eclipse UTOPia 2024 – Utopia, TX
April 7-8, 2024
Utopiafest 2024 will be at Four Sisters Ranch.
It is an intimate campout gathering with views and an eclectic musical lineup.
Tickets: So many different prices and packages – see website.
You’ll need to hurry and grab a spot (hotel, RV, B&B, etc.) to see the eclipse events in Texas because there may not be many places available the closer it gets!